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Volleyball Bests Wake Forest 3-1 in Four Sets

Oct. 5, 2012

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Katty Workman and Courtney Castle each recorded double-doubles as Boston College bested Wake Forest in four sets, 3-1, (25-23, 17-25, 29-27, 25-22) in Reynolds Gym in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Friday night.

"It took us a while in the match to get settled down and play consistent volleyball. We made a lot of errors in the first two games. We gave up 18 points on attack errors alone in the first two sets," head coach Chris Campbell said. "Then we got a lot better in the third and fourth sets. We hit a lot higher percentage and forced them to score their points."

Workman, a freshman outside hitter, tallied 18 kills and 17 digs for her seventh double-double of the year while Castle, a sophomore outside hitter, posted 13 kills and 12 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

The Eagles (9-9, 3-3 ACC) matched their ACC win total from last season with the victory and improved to 2-3 against the Demon Deacons (6-11, 0-5 ACC) under Campbell.

Sophomore captain Kellie Barnum dished out a season-high 50 assists while freshman Franny Hock compiled a match-high 19 digs to reach double-digit digs in a match for the ninth time this season.

BC received significant contributions from its middles as senior captain Krystle Higgins totaled eight kills (on .368 hitting) and six block assists, and junior Melissa McTighe charted eight kills (on .467 hitting) in addition to nine kills and four block assists from freshman Kameron McLain.

"I thought our middles did a nice job. They both hit for a nice percentage. Both had good blocks and slowed down a lot of balls," Campbell said. "We were able to slow down their outsides and serve tough enough so that they couldn't involve their middles quite enough, and that probably gave us the edge."

"Once you get your middles involved it gets you better looks and better swings for your outsides," Campbell said. "So for both Krystle and Melissa to be scoring at a good clip when they're set it forces the other team to pay attention to them, and now when our pin hitters get set, the defense is a little bit less established, and we get a better look on it."

Sophomore Lauren Fields also had double-digit digs in a match for the fifth time this year with 10 digs in the match.

Preseason All-ACC selection Andrea Beck led the way for head coach Heather Kahl Holmes's Demon Deacons with a match-high 21 kills on .568 hitting. Kristin Grissom had 17 kills for Wake Forest, and Danae Rosendall had 45 assists for the hosts.

"They hit well, but defensively we got a lot of digs," Campbell said. "I think we had the edge in the long rallies. We didn't win every one of them, but we won more than we lost. Once we got into longer rallies we pulled it out so I was happy with that."

The Eagles took a back-and-forth first set over the Demon Deacons 25-23 with neither team holding a lead larger than three throughout the set. In the second half of the set Wake took a lead at 16-15 until the Eagles tied the score at 19-19. BC gained a slight edge at 22-20 before WF tied it again at 22-22, but the Eagles were able to hold on for the set win. Workman tallied four kills in the set while Barnum recorded seven assists for BC.

Wake Forest countered in the second set taking a 25-17 victory over BC in set number two. The Demon Deacons took a lead at 6-5 which they did not yield for the remainder of the set. Late in the set the Eagles cut WF's lead to three at 20-17, but Wake was able to take the last five points in the set in succession. Krystle Higgins connected on four kills on four swings in set number two, and Barnum added another 12 assists to her total in the second set while Hock chipped in with seven digs.

BC came back in the third set earning a hard-fought overtime 29-27 win in the set. Wake staked an early 9-4 edge causing BC to use a timeout. From there the Eagles used a 7-2 run to tie the set at 11-11. Neither team could gain a lead larger than two for the remainder of the set until BC took a three-point lead at 23-20. The Deacons sent the set into extra points behind a 4-1 run that tied the set at 24. Down the stretch in set number three, the Eagles received offense from a number of players as two kills from Workman and kills from McLain, Castle, and Higgins gave BC their last five points.

Workman registered seven kills in the set on .312 hitting to go with eight digs while Barnum posted another 17 assists in set number three. Castle landed six kills on .308 hitting, and Hock had six digs in the set.

The Eagles persevered for a 25-22 victory in the decisive fourth set. BC took the lead for good at 10-9, but the Demon Deacons kept the set tight throughout. The visitors could not gain a lead larger than three until taking a four-point edge at 21-17. Wake then used a 5-2 run to cut BC's lead to one at 23-22, but the Eagles held on behind a kill from Higgins and an ace from freshman Ariana Hanley in order. Workman and Castle each had four kills in the set, and Barnum had 14 assists in the final set.

"There are a lot of areas we have to improve - within the play there are a lot of areas for us to make an easy play easy, and instead we're making an easy play kind of difficult," Campbell said. "We're going to have to get better at that if we want to compete with the upper half of the ACC."

"We're getting the wins that we're supposed to get," Campbell said. "That's the first part - win the matches you're supposed to win and compete hard in all the other matches, and you never know when you'll surprise somebody."

Boston College continues action this weekend with a match at Duke tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. inside Cameroon Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

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